The Dykemaster by Theodor Storm
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First English translation in thirty years of Storm's Der Schimmelreiter, one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century German fiction. ""This tremendous tale, with which Storm made his conception of the Novelle the epic sister of drama..."" - Thomas Mann. The Dykemaster (1888), is the tale of a legendary young dykemaster at odds with his community. Innovative and creative, he designs a new form of dyke. While supervising his work, he rides his grey horse along the dyke. When he is unwilling to engage in a sacrificial ritual of a dog to celebrate completion of the work, villagers think he is in the hands of evil powers. The passing of time and tides contributes to this misconception and he becomes a legend, a phantom riding his grey along the dyke whenever the sea threatens to break through. Storm's highly sophisticated narrative-within-a narrative structure is far in advance of its time. Denis Jackson's brilliant translation of Der Schimmelreiter recreates the full impact of Theodor Storm's masterpiece. ""There is plenty of eerie Germanic mood here, but there is also a fine and tragic story of a man who follows his own path to its final, terrible end."" _Publishers Weekly.

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Michel Frizot is Research Director at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. He lives in France.
Published December 18, 1996 by Angel Books. 156 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Storm's intricate fable surveys the life and career of an embattled engineer whose innovative construction of a dyke earns him the scorn and mistrust of the Friesian townspeople he means only to serve, and inexorably shapes and shadows the rest of his life.

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Hauke is scrupulous in his duty, forcing the lax citizenry to keep the dyke sound and eventually beginning work on a new dyke that will recover 1500 acres of fertile soil.

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